ASP.NET Web API 2: How do I log in with external authentication services?

According to this post
I’m able to log in with a local authentication service (with the new ASP.NET identity framework)

but I can’t find a walkthrough to properly call (from a mobile app or Postman) the default web API generated in the Visual Studio 2013 SPA template.

Can anyone help me?


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Method 1

I had the same problem today and found the following solution:

At first get all available providers

GET /api/Account/ExternalLogins?returnUrl=%2F&generateState=true

The response message is a list in json format


Now send a GET request to the url of the provider you want to use. You will be redirected to the login page of the external provider. Fill in your credentials and the you will be redirected back to your site. Now parse the access_token from the url.


If the user already has a local account, the .AspNet.Cookies cookie is set and you are done. If not, only the .AspNet.ExternalCookie cookie is set and you have to register a local account.

There is an api to find out if the user is registered:

GET /api/Account/UserInfo

The response is


To create a local account for the user, call

POST /api/Account/RegisterExternal
Authorization: Bearer VPcd1RQ4X... (access_token from url)
Content-Type: application/json

Now send the same request with the provider url as before

GET /api/Account/ExternalLogin?provider=Facebook&response_type=token&client_id=self&redirect_uri=http%3A%2F%2Flocalhost%3A15359%2F&state=QotufgXRptkAfJvcthIOWBnGZydgVkZWsx8YrQepeDk1

But this time the user already has an account and gets authenticated. You can verify this by calling /api/Account/UserInfo again.

Now extract the access_token from the url. You have to add the Authorization: Bearer [access_token] header to every request you make.

Method 2

I found another post showing pretty details how this external authentication works. The client is WPF and server uses ASP.NET Identity.

Method 3

For those trying to use Web Api 2 External Login with Facebook in Android App this post is explaining only the first part of what we have to do. Here is a very explanatory link of the whole picture:
[Authenticated access to WebAPI via Facebook token from Android App

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